Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Secondary education: Golspie High School
The University of Edinburgh, BSc Hons (Botany) Botany and Agricultural Botany, 1975 - 1979
The University of Birmingham, PhD Orchids - Cymbidium, 1975 - 1979
Former Botanist at Kew Gardens, 11 April 1982 - 1998
Former Orchid Curator, Jany Renz Herbarium and Living Collection at University of Basel, Switzerland University.
Worked as a specialist on Orchids, Madagascar and Vegetation Mapping as a conservation tool, and teaching on the Horticulture diploma course.
Author of 'The genus Cymbidium' (Orchidaceae), the definitive guide to the wild species of this highly commercial orchid genus. Author of three further books, including the families Orchidaceae and Leguminosae in Madagascar.
He contributed to the Flora of Australia special volume (Vol.50, 1993) devoted to Oceanic Islands, most significantly Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
In later life he devoted himself to his other interest as a self-employed Antique Trader, Garden Designer, Plantsman and Botanist, with a demonstrated history of working in retail, design, horticulture and plant science/conservation.
Since 2021 he is co-owner at Bowerbird Antiques, Art and Vintage, Edinburgh.
Source: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/david-du-puy-77984044 (2021)
ABRS contributors survey, mid-1980s
Portrait Photo: 1988, supplied by Du Puy to ABRS survey.
Data from 117 specimens, all from Christmas Island